Obituaries - May 28

Thurman Squiemphen

Thurman Squiemphen, who died in an automobie accident May 11, was born on April 17, 1972, in Toppenish, Wash.

He was a tribal member of the Yakama Nation. His parents are Terry and Gladys Squiemphen. Grandparents are Earl and Rita Squiemphen and Atwal Hazel Canapa and Oliver Meninick Sr.

Thurman was raised in Warm Springs with brothers Vernon and Phillip. He went to grade school in Warm Springs and junior high and high school in Madras. He graduated from Madras High School in 1990. He recently graduated from Mt. Hood Community College in the Fisheries Program.

Thurman excelled in cross country in high school, lettering all four years. At the tender age of 13, Thurman was inducted into the Hood To Coast Relay and ran every year since.

Once out of high school, he took an interest in Rodeo, participating in roping, Wild Horse Race, Saddle Bronc and Endurance races. He was also a hunter, providing elk and deer meat for the elders, a fisherman (pole and dip netting), and liked to camp. Another favorite sport of his was basketball. He played in a lot of youth tournaments with brothers Vernon and Phillip and his many cousins.

On July 4, 2000, Thurman married Donnetta, surrounded by all of their family and friends. He was a loving father to Alisia, Trevdon and Kimiko, as well as uncle to Marjorie.

Thurman was known as an easygoing guy, with a great sense of humor and a friendly smile for everyone. He made friends easily. All who knew him will miss him.

Ray Vanderslice

Hood River resident Ray Edward Vanderslice died May 26, 2003, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. He was 72 years of age. Arrangements are pending at Anderson’s Tribute Center 541-386-1000.

Cynthia Henry

Vancouver, Wash., resident and former Hood River, Ore., resident Cynthia “Cindy” Lee Henry died May 26, 2003, at her home in Vancouver, Wash. She was 54 years of age. Please call Anderson’s Tribute Center at 541-386-1000 for service times.

Kelsey Clear

Rev. Kelsey Norman Clear, 72, a pastor in The Dalles for 39 years died at the local hospital of a sudden illness, on Saturday, May 24, 2003.

He was born Oct. 26, 1930, in Evening Shade, Ark., the oldest of three children to Clifford and Leila Ann (Watson) Clear.

Viewing visitation will be held at Spencer, Libby & Powell Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 28, from 2 to 7 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday.

Memorial services will be held at Covenant Christian Community, 2630 East 18th St., at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 29. Private burial will be held at Parklawn Cemetery.

A full obituary will appear in the May 31 edition.

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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